Tips On How To Cool Your Indoor Space If Your Room Faces The Sun

| September 12, 2019 | Comments (0)

 

To ensure that a room gets plenty of natural light, you will have to rely on a mix of design and functionality when deciding on which elements to use for lighting purposes. In this case, you have to give some thought to color and materials to use. Keep in mind that light-colored furniture as the curtains, sheers or blinds you use can lower the effect of the sunlight on the interior temperatures.

 

A reduction of the energy needed to cool the room can play a vital role in lowering the monthly power bill. Given this, below are a few ideas worth implements that can help cool your interior spaces if your house or room is facing the sun.

 

Windows

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While the double-pane window is the most recommended choice, you need to pick the most energy-efficient type. Such panes will reduce the amount of the sun’s heat entering a room by nearly three-quarters without reducing visible light. You get less heat and ample lighting thus lowering the need to run the HVAC system.

 

Window Treatments

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Tinting and glazing are the two most commonly used window blinds or treatment options. Functionally, the two will enhance the aesthetics of the window that adds to the overall décor. But they also can be used to manage the amount of light and heat entering the room.

 

You can cover the windows with curtains, blinds, or drapes when there is direct sunlight peeking through, and this will help maintain cool temperatures indoors. Pick window treatments that have a reflective backing and a light color. Also, consider using adjustable blinds that give you control of the light while also providing a heat barrier.

 

Awnings

 

With the awnings, you can keep out direct sunlight and still have full use of the window. They can be the adjustable or fixed kind, either will allow you to open the window and allow the air to flow in and out of the room during the hot periods, thus aiding in cooling the place.

 

The awnings are secondary coverings that are affixed to the exterior walls of the house. They can be made from polyester fabrics, cotton, laminated vinyl, and acrylic, among other options. The material is stretched tightly over a light support structure (a planar frame or truss) made from plastic, wood, or metals such as steel, iron, or aluminum. The best are the awnings with an aluminum understructure because they are light and sturdy enough to take snow and wind loads.

 

Outdoor Plants

 

Give some thought to the trees, shrubs and other plants you intend to grow on your grounds. Also, consider having some indoor plants that you can place on the window ledges or next to the windows to provide some shade and reduce direct heat from the sun. Pick lush plants with broad leaves because they will block out some of the sunlight while allows good air circulation.

 

Lighting

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Do away with the light bulbs that generate heat since you are getting the same from the sunlight. Alternatively, turning the lights off during the hot days and turning on the AC can help cool the room without consuming too much energy.

 

The strategy here is to work with the illumination to achieve the desired aesthetics while also keeping things practical when trying to reduce the amount of heat indoors. In this case, you will have the artificial light sources that you will turn on during the night and the natural illumination of the sun during the day. With adequate lighting, people will be able to see things better, and this can help enhance the execution of their respective tasks. Moreover, the lighting can improve the appearance of the room pop out, making it visually appealing to the occupants.

 

Fans

 

Installing fans on the ceiling or using the portable ones can help cool the indoor conditions by drawing in or increasing the circulation of air. The ceiling fans pull cool air from the floor to dissipate the hot air that hangs up there. The portable fans of the box types that you can place by the window will push out hot air.

 

Keep in mind that these fans are electric, having a motor that turns a rotor shaft with attached blades that are designed to pull or push air depending on if they rotate clockwise or anti-clockwise. The intensity of the air circulation will also depend on the set speeds. Also, the rate (revolutions) and the number of fan blades vary depending on the make, model, and features of the fan.

 

Humidity

 

Humid air makes the interior feel warm; therefore, reducing it using a dehumidifier helps make the room feel cool. You can also supplement the use of the dehumidifier with some indoor plants. Also, try and avoid activities, such as showering and washing clothes inside the house, because they increase the humidity levels in the room or home.

 

Do your best to allow fresh outdoor air to enter the room. It is rich in oxygen, clean, and will help get rid of the stale indoor air along with any airborne pollutants that may be inside the room.

 

Try and maintain a humidity of around 50%, and you will not have issues such as the growth of mold, bacteria, and mildew as well as prevent the infestation of dust mites and other bugs. During the cold seasons, then humidity levels will have to drop to around 40% or even 30% due to the condensation that takes place on the windows and various surfaces.

Article submitted by Brandon Ragan

Category: Construction, Interior Design, Lighting

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